Celebrate Labor

A week from today our nation celebrates Labor Day. The AFL-CIO is leading efforts to honor public employees this year.

This Labor Day, let’s honor the teacher of the year, the first responder, the public servant who assists the elderly. We honor engineers, construction workers, manufacturing workers who are building America now. We honor all those who wake up each morning, dedicated to doing the best they can, to provide for their families.

Here’s a list of events the state AFL-CIO has compiled. There’s certain to be one near you.

I’m certain that at all of the events the Alabama song “Forty-Hour Week” will be played.

Love or hate the twang of country-western songs is up to you, but here’s one stanza of the lyrics, for the words sing true:

This is for the one who swings the hammer, driving home the nail.
Or the one behind the counter, ringing up the sale.
Or the one who fights the fires, the one who brings the mail.
For everyone who works behind the scenes.

You can see them every morning in the factories and the fields.
In the city streets and the quiet country towns.
Working together like spokes inside a wheel.
They keep this country turning around.

If you have time, you might want to read Robert Reich’s take on Labor Day.

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